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Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life Hardcover – September 23, 2014
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“This book is a revelation! Based on proven psychology, it outlines the simple, easy, low-cost things that can be done to fat-proof your home, company break room, grocery store, favorite restaurants, and school cafeteria…Every plant or office manager, school lunch supervisor, restaurateur, and parent should have this book.” (Library Journal (starred review) on Slim by Design)
“[Slim by Design] is crammed with ideas to make it easy to eat healthier-without even noticing that you’re making changes. The book is fascinating, and surprisingly lively and funny-this isn’t a dry review of the literature. It’s a fun read.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)
“Wansink’s hotly anticipated new book, Slim By Design, is packed with research that shows how we can change the way we interact with our environments to make eating healthy a no-brainer.” (Oprah.com)
“Slim By Design provides tons of practical and useful tips to help you and your family seamlessly improve your eating habits and make better food choices.” (Parents.com)
“[Slim by Design] outlines concrete strategies for designing homes, restaurants, grocery stores, workplaces, and schools in ways that surreptitiously encourage healthy eating habits.” (Slate)
“In his new book, Slim by Design, eating-behavior expert Brian Wansink shows us how to get our kitchens working better.” (Houzz.com)
“Professor Wansink’s Slim By Design theory is about changing your eating environment to lose weight.” (dailymail.co.uk)
From the Back Cover
The Future Is Slim by Design!
In this paradigm-shattering book, leading behavioral economist and food psychologist Brian Wansink—dubbed the "Sherlock Holmes of food" and the "wizard of why"—offers a radical new philosophy for weight loss. The answer isn't to tell people what to do; it's to set up their living environments so that they will naturally lose weight. Using cutting-edge, never-before-seen research from his acclaimed Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University, Wansink reveals how innovative and inexpensive design changes—from home kitchens to restaurants, from grocery stores to schools and workplaces—can make it mindlessly easy for people to eat healthier and make it more profitable for the companies who sell the food).
In Slim by Design, Wansink argues that the easiest, quickest, and most natural way to reverse weight gain is to work with human nature, not against it. He demonstrates how schools can nudge kids to take an apple instead of a cookie, how restaurants can increase profits by selling half-size portions, how supermarkets can double the amount of fruits and vegetables they sell, and how anyone can cut plate refills at home by more than a third. Interweaving drawings, charts, floor plans, and scorecards with new scientific studies and compelling insights that will make you view your surroundings in an entirely fresh way, this entertaining, eye-opening book offers practical solutions for changing your everyday environment to make you, your family, and even your community slim by design.
Top Customer Reviews
After over a decade of working with people to help them lose weight, I have come to the conclusion that almost no one wants to lose weight. That said, it is also true that almost everyone wants to weigh less but, I’ve never met anyone who is excited about what they need to do in order to get there.
While on the surface, the problem seems simple. If you could just eat less and exercise more, you would be skinny. Most people already know that and yet they remain overweight and frustrated. The real problem is that the human mind, programmed by habits and driven by emotion does not always respond the way we want and this is particularly true for food.
Dr. Wansink is the only person to consider the question, “Is there a way to lose weight without even thinking about it?” Amazingly, he discovered, there is and it’s literally all around you. While it makes sense that our environment has an effect on what and how much we eat nobody ever took the time to discover how to use that bit of common sense to actually help people weigh less Dr. Wansink has.
Slim by design expands on the “weight loss life hacks” uncovered in Mindless Eating by organizing your food environment in five separate areas: 1. Your Kitchen, 2. Your Workplace, 3. Your Grocery Store, 4. Your Favorite Restaurant and 5. Your Kids School.
In the book, Dr. Wansink provides real tools for you to begin re-engineering each of these areas for maximum weight loss and health. By dividing the book up in this way, he gives the reader permission to focus on just one are which avoids overwhelm.
I noticed that some of the reviews in this book were not that positive.Read more ›
This is not a book about what to eat or what it healthy. It is a statistical analysis of health habits rewritten for popular consumption. Only the first chapters discuss the home. The advice is good but rather obvious: to cut down on unhealthy snacks put the chips in the back of the pantry and keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter. But as obvious as it may be, how many of us do it? And that’s the premise of the book: We all know that an apple is a healthy snack. So why do we grab a Snickers Bar instead? One of Wansink’s goal is to help make healthy an easy choice and unhealthy a little tougher to get to.
I don’t really know who the target audience is for the bulk of the book. It’s interesting to me to learn more about how grocery stores work and how they promote certain things. Same with restaurants. But most of the book talks directly to grocers or cafeteria owners with instructions about how to remodel their establishments to promote healthy eating. I’m not sure it’s the goal of these places and skimmed through most of it.
I haven’t read his Mindless Eating and from the title it sounds more applicable for the questions most people have. There is good stuff here but it can be hard to find and much is simply not applicable to the average reader.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
great book. i love its premise that will power to overcome eating is part of the issue and that actually, your surroundings and environment also impact on our eating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I already owned this book but bought another copy to help a local university with their healthy campus initiative.Published 1 month ago by Tiana Kai Wilkinson
Get slim by design - simple, research based hacks to lose weight.
How does your kitchen make you fat or slim? Read more
Slim by Design is the perfect title. Designing your environment ... small incremental changes can make a big difference.
I run a small business with 6 people. Read more
This is as practical as it gets. A no excuses, easy to implement guide to eating better. Highly recommend it to anyone wanting to form better eating habits for themselves or the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by kannan
What can I say. While Brian isn't the first to point this out, he is the first to put it in a way that is easy to understand and interpret for the lay person. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Almin1
It's evidence based advice about heathier ways of loosing weight. Very useful book to be slim by default ... ...Published 6 months ago by Paola